Exercise

Exercise links at bottom of page. The ADEM Exercise Section is the central point for Statewide Emergency Management and Homeland Security exercise program management and coordination in the State of Arkansas. The Exercise Section coordinates closely with Federal, State, and Local jurisdictions and agencies to support a self-sustaining and robust exercise program. Exercises represent the apex of emergency preparedness activities and provide for a structured analysis of the state and local emergency management response system. The ADEM Exercise Section uses an all-hazards approach to emergency preparedness exercise implementation and oversight. The State of Arkansas participates in several federal exercise initiatives including the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program (REPP).

Programs

EMPG Each person receiving EMPG funding for any portion of their salary, benefits, or other expenditures must conduct 1 exercise in the jurisdiction and participate in 2 exercises for a minimum of 3 exercises within the grant period of October 1, 2015-September 30, 2016. Participation will be confirmed by the individual’s name and signature being on the sign in roster. Completion and submission of an After Action Report/Improvement Plan (AAR/IP) for the exercise within 90 days of the date of the exercise is required for the exercise to count toward any participant’s minimum of three. A sign in roster is available on the ADEM website at http://www.adem.arkansas.gov/emergency-management-performance-grant. Exercise notification forms, the AAR/IP forms, and sign in rosters must be emailed to the ADEM Exercise section at exercise@adem.arkansas.gov. HSEEP The Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) is a capabilities and performance based exercise program which provides a standardized policy, methodology, and terminology for exercise design, development, conduct, evaluation, and improvement planning. The State of Arkansas and its 77 political sub-jurisdictions implements the HSEEP in accordance with Homeland Security Presidential Directives 5 and 8. REPP As a result of the 1979 incident at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant in Pennsylvania, federal guidelines established the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program (REPP) for the protection of those who reside or work near nuclear power plants. A partnership between Arkansas Nuclear One, ADEM, ADH, FEMA, and the USNRC provides emergency planning, training, and annual exercises to assess community wide radiological preparedness.

Recommended training

The exercise section at ADEM recommends the following courses to assist in your knowledge and skills of exercise design, conduct and evaluation process. Independent Study Courses IS 120.A: An introduction to Exercise Course Overview: introduces the basics of emergency management exercises. It also builds a foundation for subsequent exercise courses, which provide the specifics of the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and the National Standard Exercise Curriculum (NSEC). This course will introduce you to the following concepts:

  • Managing an exercise program
  • Designing and developing an exercise
  • Conducting an exercise
  • Evaluating an exercise
  • Developing and implementing an improvement plan

IS 130: Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Planning Course Overview: introduces the basics of emergency management exercise evaluation and improvement planning. It also builds a foundation for exercise evaluation concepts as identified in the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP). Webinar K0146 – Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP): Basic Course Course Description: The K0146 HSEEP: Basic course provides a comprehensive overview of exercise design along with practical skill development. Using the same terminology and processes, this course will provide activities that will give participants an opportunity to interact with many of the templates and other materials that are provided by the National Exercise Division to ensure exercises are conducted in a consistent manner. EMI Classroom training Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) Program: Course description: The MEP mission is to improve the capabilities of Emergency Management exercise personnel in exer­cise program management and in every phase of the overall exercise process.  For more information visit the MEP Program website at: http://training.fema.gov/MEPP/

LINKS
AAR-IP LEMC Workbook 2016 

AAR-IP Template

Core Capabilities Crosswalk

Core Capabilities Definitions

Exercise notification form

Exercise Planning and Benefits

Exercise schedule 

Sign-in sheet

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management:
Building 9501 Camp Joseph T. Robinson
North Little Rock, AR 72199
501-683-6700

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